Man moved to Kansas City to run a drug house

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A Phoenix man who moved to Kansas City, Kan., to run a drug house was sentenced today to 21 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Jose A. Badilla, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of possession of firearms related to drug trafficking.

In his plea, Badilla admitted that when investigators served a search warrant at 2812 N. 51st Street in Kansas City they found more than six pounds of heroin and two guns, including a .45 caliber pistol and a Panther Arms model AR-15 rifle.

Investigators learned Badilla moved to Kansas City from Phoenix in August 2017 and rented a house to store and distribute drugs. He was paid $2,000 to $2,500 every other week to keep the drugs at his home. He said the drugs he stored were shipped from Mexico to Kansas City.

McAllister commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel for their work on the case.

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